Can you canvass for Jennifer Lewis and Tim Kaine on Saturday June 16?

Wasting no time, we will launch our first door-to-door canvass (in Lexington) on Saturday June 16 on behalf of our of our Democratic candidates in the November election: Jennifer Lewis for Congress from the Sixth District and Time Kaine for the U.S. Senate.

We will be working in two-hour shifts beginning from Democratic Headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson Street. You may canvass from noon to 2 p.m. or from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. We will be registering any eligible but unregistered people in the households we visit.

Samantha Litchford, the Democratic party field organizer for the Shenandoah Valley, will be here to provide training and answer any questions you may have.

Future canvasses will cover Rockbridge County and Buena Vista.

If you can participate, please let Samantha know (including which shift you would prefer). Her email is:


Lexington/Rockbridge Voter Registration Plan

I want to follow up on our excellent Voter Registration Training Session on April 28 with an update and some opportunities to “hit the bricks” and start registering new voters for the 2018 elections and beyond.

— We are currently registering voters each Wednesday at the Farmers Market in Lexington across the street from Democratic Headquarters, 11 South Jefferson. One-hour or two-hour shifts are available from 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Training is also available. If you can help, please contact Pam Grinder at

— We are registering voters every Monday from 4 to 6 p.m. outside of the Lexington Kroger, 422 East Nelson. We may expand this to other days depending on the response. To volunteer, please contact Daphne Raz at

— We have permission to do registration at the Lexington Police-Community Cookout on Wednesday June 20 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Richardson Park. If you want to participate, please contact me at

— We are exploring the possibilities for helping to register eligible students at Rockbridge County High School. (17-year-olds may register as long as they will be 18 on Election Day November 6.)

— The Washington and Lee College Democrats are planning a voter registration drive in the fall and we will provide any assistance they need.

— The Lexington Democratic Committee will sponsor booths on Sunday July 1 at the Lexington Sunrise Rotary Event at the Virginia Horse Center and on Saturday August 25 at the Rockbridge Community Festival in downtown Lexington.

There are a number of other recurring and upcoming events this spring, summer and fall where we may want to do voter registration:

— The Rockbridge Farmers Market, Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon at the Virginia Horse Center.

— The Glasgow Farmers Market, Fridays from noon to 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon, 10th St and Kanawha St.

— Friday’s Alive, Davidson Park in Lexington, June 1, June 22, June 29, July 13, July 27, 5:30-9 p.m.

— Fairfield Village Summer Celebration, all day Saturday June 16.

— Raphine Fireman’s Carnival, Wednesday-Saturday June 20-23.

— Rock the Bridge, downtown Lexington, Saturday June 23, 5-10 p.m.

— Children’s Bike Parade, downtown Lexington, Wednesday July 4.

— Fairfield Heritage Day, Saturday September 1.

— Rockbridge Regional Fair and Expo, Virginia Horse Center, Thursday-Saturday September 6-8,

If you are interested in volunteering to do voter registration at one or more of these events, or at other events the you are aware of, please let me know.

Finally, the Democratic Coordinated Campaign will be providing us with names and addresses of households in Lexington and Rockbridge County where there are likely unregistered people who are eligible to vote. More information on this to come.

The deadline for registering to vote in the June 12 primary election is May 21. The deadline for registering to vote in the November 6 general election is October 15.

If you need voter registration forms, clipboards, or have any questions or suggestions, please contact me at


Gene Zitver, facilitator
Lexington/Rockbridge Democratic Election/Canvass Committee

Democratic Congressional Candidates Forum May 22

The Rockbridge County Democratic Committee In collaboration with the Lexington Democratic Committee will host a forum with the four candidates for the Democratic nomination for Congress from the Sixth District in the June 12 primary.

Date: Tuesday May 22
Location: Virginia Horse Center, 487 Maury River Road

5:15 p.m.: Networking and cash bar
5:30 p.m.: Buffet dinner
6:30 p.m.: Forum with Democratic primary candidates Sergio Coppola, Jennifer Lewis, Charlotte Moore and Peter Volosin.

Dinner purchase of $20 is not required to attend, but dinner RSVPs must be made by May 18 to

In support of recent youth movements nationwide and here in Lexington and Rockbridge County, several Democrats have offered to sponsor the cost of the buffet dinner for any high school seniors who want to attend this event. Please email Michelle Watkins at if you know a student who would like to attend or if you would also like to be a sponsor for an attending student.

LexRock Democrats t-shirts

Show your Democratic pride by wearing a LexRock Democrats t-shirt. These union-made and union-printed in USA t-shirts feature our specially-designed logo (thanks Emma Worth!) on the front and a timeless quote from FDR on the back.

The t-shirts are available in small, medium, large, extra-large and XX-large for a contribution of $20 to cover the cost plus a small donation to the Lexington and Rockbridge Democratic Committees.

The t-shirts are currently for sale on Fridays from noon to 1 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters at 11 South Jefferson Street in Lexington.

Voter Registration Training Saturday April 28

Ian McNally, Democratic campaign field director for our part of Virginia, will conduct training for everyone who wants to help register voters in Lexington and Rockbridge County in preparation for the 2018 elections and beyond.

The training will be held Saturday April 28 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Democratic headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson.

Now that the petition-signature gathering phase of the election year is complete, and before the canvassing and phone banking begin, it’s an excellent time to concentrate on voter registration.

Insuring that as many eligible people as possible are registered– regardless of how they intend to vote– is a democratic (and Democratic) priority. It’s a vital way of responding to Republican efforts at voter suppression.

Please join us for this important training if you can.

Awkward Conversations event rescheduled

Due to illness, the Awkward Conversations event scheduled for Saturday March 17 at Democratic Headquarters, 11 South Jefferson Street, has been rescheduled for Saturday March 31 at 1 p.m. at the same location.

Awkward Conversations, Part One

How do we as Democrats talk about controversial topics like abortion, gun regulation and climate change with friends and neighbors? Pam and Mike Grinder will conduct a workshop that will include “practice conversations” on a number of politically difficult subjects, with the goal of helping people find common ground.

The workshop will be on Saturday March 17 from 12:30 to 2 p.m. at Democratic Headquarters in Lexington, 11 South Jefferson Street.

If you would like to volunteer to be part of a “practice conversation,” please contact Pam Grinder at

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